From the Ashes (not to be confused with the trope or the Hetaliafanfiction of the same name) is a Mass Effect and Fallout crossover that is written by Erttheking. Set in the 28th century after Humanity manages to recover from the Great War, forms a united government known as the Coalition, and pushes forward out into space, they encounter the Council. Due to their more militarized nature and used of synthetics, tensions between them and the Council are even higher than they were between the Council and the Alliance.For the most part, the story follows the concept of the first Mass Effect game, Saren has gone rogue using the Geth and Sovereign to attack Eden Prime. However, things are noticeably different this time. First of all all of the Reapers are dead due to the Prothean team from Illos managing to open the Citadel and using makeshift nuclear warheads to take them out. The story is less about the Reapers planning their invasion of the galaxy and more about Saren's hatred of the Coalition and how he is building up his forces to eliminate them, and how the Coalition responds to the threat he presents, as well as the other threats in the galaxy.Also, it's worth mentioning that the author has created a lot of OCs for this story.
From the Ashes provides examples of the following tropes:
Members of the Enclave Special Forces make much better used of this trope, with Major Albert Black of Sigma Squad having machine-guns concealed within his arms, while James and Jade of Alpha Squad have a wrist mounted machine-gun and rocket launcher respectively.
Artificial Limbs: A common technology in both the Coalition and the Council. They even can mimic nerve endings and touch sensations, although it has been remarked that the sensations created by it feel dull compared to the feelings that normal limps give off. Roger has a cybernetic arm. He has sharpened the fingers into claws
After Noveria, he now has an artificial leg too, having lost his original one to a Rachni
Ax-Crazy: Norman shows signs of it, shooting a prisoner in the genitals with a smile on his face before killing him.
Badass Army: The Coalition military, in addition to the light infantry that makes up the bulks of its ranks, has power armor wearing heavy infantry, the Stalker Corps, a division comprised solely of intelligent Deathclaws equipped with cloaking devices, and the Mechanized Infantry, made up of Mr. Gutsys and Sentry Bots. And then there's the Liberty Prime Corps.
Benevolent A.I.: For the most part. The Coalition using AI is vital roles is a point of friction with the Council.
Black Box: Since Sovereign was rendered a lifeless husk with the death of the other Reapers, Saren was forced to learn how to use its technology from scratch. Even after years he still doesn't have everything down, to the point where he doesn't know how to use Indoctrination.
Both Sides Have a Point: Volker takes this stance on his views of the Geth-Quarian conflict. Much to Tali's irritation.
Came Back Strong: The Enclave is back, with enough men and resources to be classified as a galactic power
Church Militant: The Vatican is one of the Post-War nations on Earth, with a main military force called the Left Hand Commandos, all of whom are also priests. The negative qualities usually associated with this trope are absent though.
Cult: There is one in an isolated town on the Coalition colony of Demeter, one that kidnaps non-Catholics and tortures them to death. The Vatican Paladin executes every single one of the cult members.
Deconstruction: The story deconstructs the concepts of Paragon options, specifically Humanity curing the Genophage and letting the Rachni live. Jane Shepard allows both of these to happen under her watch. It results in an all out war, with the Coalition and it's allies fighting the Council.
Earth That Used to Be Better: The current population of Earth is 1.9 billion and it gets lower every year. Half of the planet is still covered in red zones, and while there still are government projects to reclaim these areas from Raiders and mutants, they are slowly loosing funding. With Earth depleted of its resources and with the attractive alternative new colonies provide, people are simply abandoning it.
Equal-Opportunity Evil: For all it's xenophobia, the Enclave seems to have little problem letting women and homosexuals obtain high ranking positions, as their President is both. The Rear Admiral Gallows is also revealed to be gay and there are plenty of female soldiers, from generals to cannon fodder in the Marines. Woods has mentioned that she came under flack for her homosexuality though, so the system isn't perfect.
Fantastic Racism: Alaskan tribals are very hostile towards albinos, as Sheryl found out the hard way.
Freudian Excuse: Roger acts the way he does because of trust issues that he developed when he was attacked by a feral Deathclaw on Earth, lost his arm and eye, and his squad mates left him for dead
Likewise, Nora's behavior is because of the abusive tenancies of her father, which culminated in her being kidnapped by thugs and her brother being killed in an attempted rescue
Freudian Trio: Roger, Norman and Sheryl can be classified as this, with Roger as the Id, Norman the Superego, and Sheryl the Ego.
Foreshadowing The war assets that appeared at the end of every chapter where the Coalition gained a potential ally were foreshadowing the war with the Council
General Ripper: Admiral Crawford fills this role for the Enclave. Averted with Admiral Gallows, who is much more calm and even a little unsure of himself at times, and General Moore, who is so depressed by Enclave oppressing their own citizens that she tends to drown her sorrows.
Glass Cannon: Coalition destroyers, long range ships that use a Tesla cannon instead of mass accelerators, which bypass enemy shields and cripple ships. However, because of the massive power drain of the Tesla cannon, destroyers have weak shields and can be easily dispatched by a single frigate if it can get close enough.
Guns Akimbo: Norman wields a pistol in each hand during combat. In addition to his biotics, it's mentioned on the character page that he spent 200,000 credits customizing them to reduce the recoil enough for him to pull this trope off.
Heroic Albino: Sheryl Hayah, a tribal huntress from a post apocalyptic Alaska.
Human Popsicle: Volker Hoffman, a German soldier from World War II that was abducted by Motership Zeta.
Knight Templar: Norman is of the opinion that some people deserve to be killed, and he is well within his right to enjoy doing so. See Ax-Crazy
Let's You and Him Fight: The Lone Wanderer and The Courier wound up fighting to a standstill over the course of three days, because they mistook the other for a Legion super solider.
Lightning Bruiser: Coalition battlecruisers lack a mass accelerator and divert the extra power to the engines, allowing it to get close enough to enemy ships to unleash its massive payload of missiles before retreating. This is required because if the missiles were fired from far away, too many of them would be picked off by laser defense systems before they reached their target to cause any significant damage.
Non-Uniform Uniform: While Coalition heavy infantry all wear the same power armor, the uniforms for the light infantry vary from division to division. The author has admitted that this was inspired by the Imperial Guard of Warhammer 40,000
N-Word Privileges: In the modern day, Super Mutants and Ghouls are referred to as Meta-Humans and Necro-Humans, with the old terms for them being viewed as somewhat racial slurs while the terms Zombie and Frankenstein are considered highly racist. That being said, Charon refers to Fawkes as a Frankenstein during the First Contact War, and he merely laughs in response.
Reasonable Authority Figure: President Woods does everything in her power to be this for the Enclave, but because of the massive amount of red tape and resistance from the political parties, cannot make much progress. And when she manages to blackmail the Enclave senators into passing a bill that would give the citizens of the Enclave basic rights that they had been denied, she is shot by Admiral Crawford while giving a speech, sparking off an Enemy Civil War
The Remnant: The Army, a Terminus System mercenary group comprised entirely of mutants, is suspected to have been founded by a handful of Super Mutants who survived the fall of the Master's Army.
Rousseau Was Right: Volker's opinion on the Human race. Having fought in the second World War, he is of the opinion that the soldiers that fought and died in the conflict were good people that were scarred, angry, or simply caught up in the heat of the moment. He compares the war to an angry mob, in that individual opinions are swallowed up and good people do things that they would never normally do. However, this opinion only extends to 99% of the Human race, as Volker believes that people who stir up the mobs in the first place and have those mobs fight their battles for them, are trulyevil.
Was Once a Man: The Horde. Normal Humans and aliens that were twisted by Dr. Goeth into cyborgs and mutants to be used as weapons by the Enclave. Their mental state has degraded to the state where in all their appearances they only kill everything that they see, even if what they see are Enclave soldiers.
World War Whatever: It is mentioned in the codex entries that during the mid 23rd century a conflict was fought in Europe that many historians refer to as the Fourth World War. It concerned a Post-War France ruled by a power hungry dictator attempting to expand his territory, only to be brought down by the combined military forces of the New British Empire, the Vatican, and the Russian Union.